Congregations for the Homeless Volunteers Desperately Needed

Sep 23, 2022 | Beacon, Justice, News

Congregations for the Homeless is coming to East Shore in October. Support of the shelter is one of the main ways East Shore fulfills “service is our prayer,” but not enough people are volunteering! You can sign up right now!

Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) is our October ministry, where 25-30 homeless single men stay in our Spring Hall from 6:45 p.m.-7:00 a.m. They are served a hot dinner, breakfast, and can utilize our shower facilities, laundry, and receive life-coach counseling, basic personal health care advice, and may select donated good-condition clothing.

These men have often spent months to years of their lives feeling the judgment and shame of being homeless. To have a volunteer bring a warm meal and offer a smile and a kind word is powerful; to sit down and share a meal with these men is a true gift for you and them alike. Eating and chatting with them allows them to feel a part of society, and it allows you to see they aren’t so different from the rest of us. Sharing a meal sends a clear message to the men that they are lovable and loved; you too will enjoy a much more genuine experience from this brief interaction. You don’t need to be pressured to solve any of their issues during dinner; all you need to do is care about them, and be interested in what’s happening in their lives.

Right now, we need 6 groups to provide dinners, 20 people to host (greet the clients and represent East Shore), 7 to shop for supplies (using a provided list), and 23 to create sandwiches (using provided fixings).  You can sign up HERE.  If you would like more information, call Dean Dubofsky (425-495-3328) or Peggy Phillips (425-417-1366)